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Ithaca Thaw

Slideshow by Matt Chaban

Despite a construction freeze, Cornell has decided to go ahead with expansions of College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Read the story here.

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Milstein Hall

Cornell University has decided to go ahead with an expansion to Milstein Hall, home to the school's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. The building is designed by OMA's New York office.

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The addition will rise on what is currently a parking lot. A new lot was part of the original proposal, but that had been deferred to get the building built. In the background, the Museum of Art, which will also expand, can be seen.

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Milstein Hall

Part of OMA's building overhangs the road, which caused some controversy within the Ithaca planning commission.

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The lobby of the proposed building. The distinction between floors, like at OMA's Seattle Library, is warped and diffuse throughout.

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Museum of Art

Like Milstein Hall, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art will also expand because its needs are considered so great.

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Museum of Art

The original museum was designed by I.M. Pei and finished in 1973. John Sullivan, a partner at Pei Cobb Freed who worked on the original, is designing the addition.

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Museum of Art

The expansion draws both stylistically and in form from the original. Much of the new galleries are located below grade, reducing the expansion's size and ceding the skyline to its neighbor.

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The original building, with a film projected on its facade. The expansion will rise on the right side of the building, to the north.

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